This is chapter 4 of the Canadian Participation in ISO and IEC orientation module. A transcript of the video follows below.
To keep the national mirror committee environment equitable and manageable, there are specific rules that govern all aspects of committee activity. These practices define the parameters in which each committee, as well as each individual member are to operate.
But before you make the decision to get involved in standards and committee work, it is important to confirm that you are eligible to engage in this type of activity. To qualify as a member and participate in standards development, you must possess:
- Demonstrable knowledge and relevant practical experience in the field in which a committee operates or will operate, and
- A willingness to participate in training to prepare for your role
If you are able to fulfill these requirements, you will be well on your way to becoming a part of the committee community.
Membership consideration is given to Canadian citizens, permanent residents or individuals employed with a Canadian company. However, a non-resident may become a committee member if it is determined that their technical expertise will reinforce Canada’s representation at the international table. Non-resident members must act in Canada’s interest and abide by the rules outlined in CAN-P-7.
Important considerations to inform your actions in committee work are:
- the advancement of Canada’s economy
- the facilitation of domestic and international trade, and
- the sustenance of the health and well-being of Canadians
You will play a direct role in shaping Canada’s future as you work together with your peers to:
- Determine whether an international standard is applicable in Canada based on Canada’s unique technological, economic, cultural and environmental needs
- Consider Canada’s priorities and needs and how they will inform an official Canadian voting position that will be presented at the international table
- Assess the level of involvement that Canada should pursue in various ISO and IEC technical committees based on Canada’s national interests – be it active participation, observing status or no involvement at all
- Determine where there is need to establish new SCC mirror committees in a previously unrepresented or under-represented field
National mirror committees are one way in which SCC makes every effort to maintain a balanced representation of experts from various stakeholder groupings to facilitate the consensus process. This means that no single industry, regulatory, academic, or consumer interest can dominate committee proceedings. If an area of expertise is already represented in a particular committee, proof of distinct and independent expertise may be required to make membership possible.
The requirements to participate may change over time as activities and requirements change at the international level. As a participant, you will be able to comment and influence standards development work.
CAN-P-7 will remain your handy reference throughout your committee career. You are encouraged to consult the document regularly. For questions about the standardization landscape, or pertaining to areas not covered in this module, SCC staff will be happy to help you find the answers you need. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.